Tornado touches down in Roosevelt County

STAFF REPORT A powerful storm late Friday churned up a short-lived tornado in southern Roosevelt County, dumped as much as 6 inches of hail on Melrose and flooded streets across Clovis. Officials in Curry and Roosevelt counties reported no serious injuries or major damage. A National Weather Service meteorologist said a short-lived tornado was confirmed […]

Variety of talent, food found at fiesta

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Variety shows are just that — a variety. You never know what you’re going to get, what you’ll witness or what you’ll have to grin and bear through for the sake of the performers. The audience didn’t have to bear 7 year-old Onavaya Sintas’s talent, though, who performed at […]

Relay for Life time, location changes

Staff report Roosevelt County Relay For Life hopes to attract more visitors and participants to its 2015 event with a new venue and earlier schedule. The 2015 Relay For Life event kicks off June 6 at 10 a.m. at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds and will last until 10 p.m. in an effort to keep participants […]

Notebook — May 30

Big doings … • Pioneer Days in Clovis kicks off today with the annual Rodeo Queen Pageant. Horse riding skills competition is 10 a.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds and personality compassion at 2 p.m., same place. Pioneer Days is a week-long affair with a variety of shows and events. See Sunday’s CNJ for a […]

Sounds of movie gunshots caught attention

Star search The story of “Comancheria,” which is being filmed in eastern New Mexico, involves a divorced dad and his ex-con brother who resort to a bank-robbery spree. The brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, go on a collision course with a Texas Ranger, played by Jeff Bridges, who is determined to bring […]

Johnson: Choosing dog gender matter of preference

The way a dog interacts with people is one of the most important things involved in the relationship between person and pet. Of course personality is unique to each, and there are numerous factors that heavily influence the way a pooch interacts with humans, including breed, upbringing, environment and the people themselves. The gender of […]

McGee: Couch surfing not as appealing as it was

We met a friend of our son’s the other day; he describes himself as a “Couch Surfer.” Others might call the guy a hippie or a homeless dude or simply a bum. We’re gonna call him Fred. Fred earned his title by spending his time visiting his pals around the country, playing their video games, […]

Clovis Community Band moves spring concert indoors

Staff report The Clovis Community Band is taking its annual late spring show indoors, with the State Theater set today to host a 6:30 p.m. concert. There is no admission for the concert, though the band does fundraising throughout the year towards the creation of music scholarships. Band Director Steve Baldock, who took over duties […]

More hail possible with next round of storms

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Portales was struck Thursday night with the largest sized hail the area has seen so far this year, according to Jason Frazier, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Frazier said Portales got up to golf-ball sized hail along with .15 inches of rainfall, while Clovis received .69 […]

Hunting officials right to wait for new numbers

This is one anniversary the state’s official mammal would fear if it knew it was under way — the every-four-year review of the Bear and Cougar Rule. Public hearings are being held around the state on a proposal that could increase the bear kill limit, currently set at 640 each year, and expand areas where […]

McManigal: Self defense a primary human right

If someone is violating your personal rights — through aggression or by violating your property — you have the right to stop them. Nothing, no justifications or excuses, can abolish or alter your right to defense of self or property. The right of defense is the primary human right; all others come from that one. […]

Render: Local editor’s ethics higher than ABC

Over the years I have written any number of letters to the editor and guest columns for the Clovis News Journal, but I had no idea what writing a weekly column would entail. My meeting with the editor prior to starting was enlightening to say the least. We went over some ground rules and then […]


Movie madness… • The newest street and road closures due to filming of the movie “Comancheria.” — Pile Street from Seventh to 11th streets in Clovis from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in Clovis; N.M. 209 and C.R. 278 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Curry County. Pipeline madness… • Construction of […]

Young boys become men with help from Hamilton

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Conrad Hamilton sandwiched his college education around a pro football career that lasted six seasons before it was cut short by a knee injury. A two-time all-American defensive back at Eastern New Mexico University, the New […]

ENMWUA becoming independent entity

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has grown beyond being under the wing of municipal government and is now on its way to being its own independent entity, according the Chairman Gayla Brumfield and other members of the ENMWUA board. With the first step of hiring its own […]

Seeing stars finally a success

The latest filming of “Comancheria” took place on Thursday at the Western Bank in downtown Clovis. The bank was transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank of west Texas. On my way to work Thursday, the roads were blocked off a few blocks from the office, between seventh and 11th streets. At first, I was […]

Local church gives park makeover

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer The Goodwin Lake Walking Trail parking lot was busy with multiple heavy equipment operators moving piles of dirt Thursday morning in preparation for an entrance makeover by a local church next week. Faith Christian Family Church Special Events Coordinator Cindy Roybal said the park facelift is one of a […]

What’s happening

Today Asleep at the Wheel— 5:15 p.m., Dawg House, located at 1013 W. 2nd Street in Portales. Information: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiestas — 5:30 p.m. Dinner and variety show 117 Davis St., Clovis, NM 88101 Information: 575-763-4445 2nd Annual Bit of Broadway Dinner Cabaret— Dinner and cocktails 6 p.m. show 7 p.m. […]

Computer glitch responsible for sewer bill undercharges

Staff report A computer error at the city of Clovis led to some customers receiving a pair of sewage bills this month. The city, by ordinance, recently increased sewage rates by $1 per month. That led to a bill increase of $3.16, including gross receipt taxes and the city’s quarterly billing. The rate change was […]

New Mexico among best states for military retirees

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER New Mexico is the 11th best state for military personnel to retire, according to a recent study. In recognition of May being Military Appreciation month, and to help ease the burden of retirement planning for the nation’s military community, WalletHub, a personal finance social network, conducted an in-depth analysis […]